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How to manage my MQueue?

Posted on 2006-11-01
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Hi:

On my server (a P-IV Linux Centos / Sendmail / Apache) sometimes, I realized that its /var/spool/mqueue is with tons of files like this:

dfi312cBcW004659
Qfi312cBcW004659
dfi332EmcW015839
Qfi332EmcW015839

And more than this, a great number of them, I don't know why, is dated from many days ago, sometimes, weeks ago. My questions:

1) Why does it happen? Why these files are not delivered or erased past 4 or 5 days?

2) Does anyone know a Script I could run whenever I want, at command line (in Bash or Perl or something else) to erase some of them (for instance based mainly on their creation dates)?

Thanks a lot.

Mario Lima./
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these are the spooled mail files waiting to get out.  do a cat and you would see the contents.  

you can always try out a

sendmail -q -v

to flush the pending mails out.  any specific error would be given on screen (or see /var/log/maillog for more details)

decide to delete specific files after reading through the files.

goutham
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